New Photo Albums: From Iceland to NZ via Wales

Couple new photo albums as I discover I have groups of photos over time, or visited a place and went wild with the camera. Icelandic Art Seems I was extremely arty and sophisticated during my brief trip to Reykjavik The Icelandic Phallological Museum (Hið Íslenzka Reðasafn) A normal part of a male mammals anatomy and it's got its own museum, strange eh (giggle giggle, fnarr fnarr, r r r) Mappa Mundi, copy (Hereford Cathedral, England) I think I saw a copy but heck it was awesome anyway Levin (Horowhenua, Aotearoa) Strangely I've taken very few of "town", or, "the big smoke" despite living near it for over 2 years Monmouth's Shire Hall So many photos it deserves an album of it's own Abandoned buildings So many of us love a good solid abandoned building, I wonder why

Best Reykjavik Fast Food

Since 2009 there has been no McDonalds in Iceland , which is not to say they don't have typical US fast food joints at all, they do. They also have they're own versions, Metro for instance is a burger and fries caper that the old McDonalds franchise runs. It's basically McDonalds with a different name. Ignore them all  as it is in Reykjavik that you'll visit the best hotdog stand ever. So good that they are also at the airport and around the capital city, although make sure you go to the original. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (translated to The best in town ) has been doing what it does since 1937 having be setup by the grandfather of the current owner, Guðrún Kristmundsdóttir. While most hot dogs in the world are made out of pork or beef, the hot dogs here are made from lamb meat. The sauces and sides are also something to shout bravo for! You can have a hot dog with homemade crispy onions and sweet mustard, along with raw onion, ketchup and remoulade. The ketchup is actuall

Soundtrack Of My Life: Mike Riversdale

Saw this from Katherine Parkinson and thought, what a great idea. Easy as, copy the questions, fill in your answers (with links to YouTube or Spotify), pop this message at the top, and send it on to someone else. The first song I fell in love with The first gig I went to The song I wish I’d written The song I do at karaoke The song I can’t get out of my head The song I can no longer listen to The song I want played at my funeral The song that makes me want to dance I nominate: Keith Jo Rob

More Reykjavik Statues

Part 2 of statues around Tjörnin in Reykjavik .

Statues, Reykjavik Loves 'Em

A wander around Tjörnin , "a small, prominent lake in central Reykjavík , the capital of Iceland" is a statue lovers dream. I am definitely into a bloody good statue, any 3D art tbh.

It's Coming To Us All

Quick note. I've been spending more time on writing and one of my paths has been to finally pick up my draft posts and finish them off. Welcome to yet another ... Death . Oops, sorry, did I make you jump, so sorry. It's a word that is so so much more than just a word. Feel the difference between, "death", the word, and oh I don't know, "stick". Both just words but wow the weight of the word "death". For some the weight, that dark heavy lead smell and taste, is too much and we sidestep it by using one of many euphemisms available such as: passed on no longer with us departed resting in peace All used to deflect the power of the word "death", we just don't want to state it in the face and feel it's presence. I have been around a number of deaths, some friends that committed suicide, a few work colleagues, and some family members most notably my Dad, Derek . There are also famous people dying that, through their art, work, and p

Once You've Seen One You've Seen Them All

A normal part of a male mammals anatomy and it's got its own museum, strange eh (giggle giggle, fnarr fnarr, r r r). The Icelandic Phallological Museum (Hið Íslenzka Reðasafn) is a fascinating visit. A well layed out professional museum, great café , merch, and as many preserved penises as you care to look at. The large ones are eye opening at first but after a while it all becomes a bit samey, one penis, no matter what the size, colour, or shape, is much like the next one. Visit? Hell yeah, you'll kick yourself if you don't go. It won't take a whole morning, and you won't have to revisit for a long time after. But definitely go at least once.

Concert Hall Reflected In Pond

Mike Riversdale (b. 1967) Concert Hall Reflected In Pond , 2023 Google Pixel 7 Pro  f /1.9 • 1/690 • 6.81 mm • ISO47 8.8MP • 2225 x 3956

Jawa Sandcrawler Spotted In Downtown Reykjavik

Expect a few more photos of the absolutely spectacular Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre on the waterfront of Reykjavik. (on a side note, there was a red double decker bus in the original photo and wow, Magic Eraser can certainly hit the mark sometimes)

Teasmade, Yes Please

A teasmade was the height of sophistication when I was growing up. The Sparkes had a teasmade, it was like visiting the Avengers when I went around. OMG, how futuristic. So, please buy me a teasmade.

In Another Universe

In another universe I am living with a woman called Jane. I've never seen Sliding Doors , but I get it. There's a small number of times I can consciously pinpoint that changed my life. There's also an infinite number of unaware moments that determined the person writing these words. Go figure, it's a wonderfully complex and slightly bonkers thing to be alive . I am not living with Jane, she lives a life far from me. That doesn't mean I don't wonder what could've been, sometimes. You know, a certain something plucks the synapses and I have a smile at the imaginary life that slid by due to choices. It's easier to think about the lives, the many lives, that could've been however what about the one that I have. It's a life full of choices, and each moment is a choice. I really thank my previous selfs for the choices I've recently made to be where I am, I feel a person full of love and joy. Unemployed, but full of joy and love 😁 Choices, we all h

Wall Of Swan Heads

Is it an art gallery, perhaps a museum, maybe a place of nostalgia. The House Of Collections is a bit of everything and then some. When visiting Reykjavik then absolutely go and visit. Give yourself time though, you'll be captivated by such things as a wall of swans heads.

Passing On The International Rugby Calendars

I've been updating, sharing, and managing the International Rugby Calendars for as long as Google Calendar let me do so, over a decade. It's time for me to pass them on to someone else that can manage them (which includes granting contributor access so you don't have to update them on your own). Is that person you? Drop me a line and I will add you with supreme access. If more than one responds I'll give the first 5 the access and then pass on everyone else's details to those 5.